The Gauntlet is an intimate experience that bathes audiences in waves of harmony, poetry, and gesture, as they are led through musical corridors of sonic architecture created by the human voice.
On August 3, 2019, Rockefeller Center and National Sawdust Projects will present a newly commissioned version of The Gauntlet, by composer Sxip Shirey and choreographer Coco Karol, sung by hundreds of people from across the five boroughs of New York.
Read more about the project and watch a short film from a recent performance at the Sydney Opera House via the provided website link.
We are looking for experienced, strong singers to take part, who need to:
Be able to learn music by rote
Sing confidently holding their own melody or harmony
Be able to sing in pitch
Have strong aural skills
Hear an octave up or down and transpose to their own register confidently
Able-bodied singers will be asked to stand outdoors on a small stool for up to one hour and will be asked to move freely around a busy performance space
To take part, singers will need to attend:
• Saturday August 3
10am – Dress Rehearsal
4pm – Performance
7pm – Performance
• Two rehearsals at Rockefeller Center, from 7pm-9pm on either:
Option 1: Monday July 22 & Monday July 29
Option 2: Tuesday July 23 & Tuesday July 30
Option 3: Wednesday July 24 & Wednesday July 31
Please select one rehearsal option.
If you’d like to be involved, please email the following information by Monday July 8 to :
Detail on your singing experience, and whether you are a member of a choir
Which rehearsal option you’d like to attend
Thank you for passing this opportunity on to singers in your choirs and networks! If you have questions, please email:
Notes for singers:
– There is nothing to prepare in advance or between rehearsals
– Refreshments will be provided on the performance day
Each performance of The Gauntlet is unique, reflecting the site, community and performers it is created with. This new commission of The Gauntlet is inspired by the theme of Transformation, with text formed from ‘movement interviews’ with changemakers, cultural figures and artists including visual artist Swoon; journalist Kurt McVey; costume and fashion designer Claire Fleury; composer, co-founder and artistic director of National Sawdust, Paola Prestini; dancer Terese Capucilli; publisher and Editor-in-Chief, One World, Chris Jackson; spiritual care counselor for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Kei Okada; puppeteer Erin Orr; choir member of Choral Chameleon, Nicole Belmont; artist, writer and curator, Sarah Walko; and opera singer, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo.